n Claimed By Love by Melissa Foster, Gabriella Liakos has returned home to Elpitha Island, South Carolina to help her grandfather sell it. Gabriella really loathes the idea of selling the island she loves, fearful that some greedy investor will snap it up, build monstrous high rise casinos and have cruise ships docking there. Duke Ryder is interested in buying the island and turning it into an exclusive resort. That is until he meets Gabriella and her Southern Greek family. Duke falls in love from the moment he meets Gabriella and vows to do everything possible to make her happy, including honoring her wishes about the island. Gabriella is hesitant to trust Duke not only with her heart but with her family’s future. Can Duke win her over and show her that a happily ever after is possible for everyone?
This is the first book I have ever read by Melissa Foster. Man, have I been missing out! I loved her writing style and her characters. I will definitely be reading more of this author in the future.
I absolutely loved Gabriella and Duke’s characters. Their love was so honest and so real. They reminded me of my grandparents who were married for over fifty years. My grandfather was always reaching for my grandmother wanting to hold her hand just like Duke always wanted contact with Gabriella. You just know that Duke and Gabriella will be married forever and have lots of babies and grand babies to share in their love.
Duke is undeniably book boyfriend material. He was so patient and sweet with Gabriella even when she pushed him away several times. Duke was always making sure Gabriella was happy and didn’t regret anything they did together. He also had a major soft spot for her family and fit right in from the moment he sat foot on the island.
Duke’s mouth needs to be registered as a weapon of mass destruction. Holy heck! That man can dirty talk like no tomorrow. I am usually not a fan of dirty talk during love scenes because it comes off so cheesy and forced but not with Duke. His running dialogue during the love scenes added an extra level of hotness.
Gabriella was a great character to read about. I loved how she stood up for her family. It killed her to help her grandfather sell the island but she knew that without doing so would mean no future for her family. It was so fun to watch her fall for Duke. He enabled her to explore a side of her she didn’t know existed.
Claimed By Love is the second book in The Ryders series but can be read as a standalone. Foster writes great characters and hot love scenes that kept me swiping the page to read more. Anyone who enjoys an engrossing contemporary romance that will leave you with a book hangover should read this book.
About the Book:
Author: Melissa Foster
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Publisher: EverAfter Platinum
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC received from Author
Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.
Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he’s not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor…until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.
Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke’s powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who’s used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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